Siamese cats are one of the most popular cat breeds globally, but do they really have fewer allergies than other breeds?
There’s some evidence that Siamese cats may be less likely to cause or spread an allergy than other breeds.
Still, it doesn’t mean you can get away with not washing your hands after handling them if you don’t want to.
Read on for more information about keeping yourself and your family safe from allergic reactions when petting a Siamese cat.
How To Care For Siamese Cats
To care for your Siamese cat properly, make sure you follow this list:
1. Wash Your Hands After Petting Them
The first step in caring for your Siamese is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before and after touching them.
This will help reduce the risk of spreading disease between cats. If possible, also wash your hands when changing their litter box, so there isn't any chance of contamination.
2. Keep Allergens Out Of Their Environment
If your Siamese has fur and spends time outdoors, try to prevent allergens from getting into its environment from outside sources like grass and trees.
That means keeping the area around its house clean and using a pollen filter on air vents near where your cat sleeps.
You can also use an allergen blocker such as Feliway to help keep these allergens out of your home.
3. Use An Anti-Allergic Medication
If you notice that your Siamese seems to be suffering from an allergy, talk to your vet about using an anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisone to treat him.
The best way to administer this type of medicine is through injection under the skin rather than by mouth.
Your vet can show you how to use this kind of medicine safely, and once he does, you won’t need to worry about giving it to your cat again.
4. Be Willing to Adopt A Shelter Cat
If you find a kitten who needs a new home, consider adopting her instead of purchasing one.
Many shelters hold kittens until they're weaned at eight weeks old, making them much safer for someone interested in adopting them.
They're also spayed/neutered and vaccinated before adoption, so you're helping to protect both the shelter's budget and the pets' health.
5. Get To Know Other People With Cats At Work Or At School
Suppose you work with cats often or go to school with them. In that case, it's probably wise to take every opportunity to hang out with them and learn more about their personalities.
6. Watch Videos About How To Properly Take Care Of Cats
You should watch videos about keeping Siamese cats healthy since they tend to be high maintenance.
As long as you follow the tips mentioned above, your Siamese cat will be just fine.
How To Care For Cats In General
To care for cats generally, you'll need to know how to handle them calmly even when they're sick.
Handle Them Calmly Even When They Are Sick
If your cat gets ill, you should always handle him gently. Don’t grab his neck or tail unless you absolutely must.
Instead, pick him up from behind and carry him carefully. Put him down on a soft surface like a bed, couch cushion, or carpeted floor to minimize stress.
Avoid Feeding Raw Meat And Bones
Cats are carnivores, meaning that they eat meat. But raw meat can contain dangerous bacteria that could make your pet ill if fed in large quantities.
So, never feed your cat raw meat or bones. Instead, cook them thoroughly first.
Have Him Spayed Or Neutered Before He Gets Too Old
The best age for a female cat to have her ovaries removed is between 6 months and 1 year. Males typically become neutered between 12 months and 2 years of age.
You can usually get your Siamese fixed without anesthesia, but ask your veterinarian if you want to do it during surgery.
Keep Up On Vaccinations
Your cat will need vaccinations to stay wholly protected against certain illnesses throughout her life.
Ask your vet for vaccines he recommends for your cat, and schedule regular appointments to ensure she receives them on time.
Make Sure She Has Good Nutrition
Your cat needs to get plenty of vitamins and nutrients from food each day, especially calcium, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium.
Some cats require extra nutrition due to special dietary requirements, so check with your vet whether your cat has any specific nutritional needs.
Give Her TLC From An Early Age
As soon as your kitten arrives at the shelter, give her lots of love. She may look small now, but she'll increase over the next few weeks.
Also, try not to let her sleep alone. This means putting her bed near yours, so she feels safe and comfortable while she sleeps.
Provide More Space Than Just A Crate
Many cats enjoy sleeping in crates, but there’s no reason why this shouldn’t apply to older pets.
However, don’t leave your cat cooped up in one place every day. Let him stretch his legs around the house.
Be Patient With Your Cat
Siamese cats are intelligent creatures, and they might seem unruly at times. But, once they start getting used to being around people and other animals, they'll settle down pretty quickly.
Get Adequate Exercise
In addition to keeping your cat well-fed, exercise is also essential. Try taking walks with her, letting her run around outside, or letting her climb up onto your lap.
If you have both indoor and outdoor access, take your cat out into nature and let her explore. After a walk or play session, allow her to relax by resting.
To conclude, we hope these tips helped you learn more about how to care for your feline friend.
If you have any additional questions about properly caring for your cat, feel free to share them below.
At Love4Cats, our practice involves consistent collaboration with licensed veterinarians and reputable industry experts. However, it's important to note that the content provided on Excited Cats is not intended as veterinary advice. While we strive to enhance your understanding of feline care, the information presented on this blog should not replace professional veterinary guidance.